Police: 4 kids die in La. home fire
Four unattended children died in a mobile home fire in Louisiana and their mother was charged Sunday with four counts of negligent homicide for allegedly leaving them alone, authorities said.
Capt. Doug Cain, a spokesman for Louisiana Department of Public Safety, said the fire began just before midnight Saturday in the town of Rayne, about 70 miles west of Baton Rouge in southern Louisiana.
Cain said the children who died were ages 2, 5, 7 and 8. He said their mother, 26-year-old Shaqueta McDade, was arrested and charged with four counts of negligent homicide. She was being held at the Acadia County Jail.
Rayne police officers interviewed the mother after the fire and arrested her because she is suspected of leaving the children unattended, Cain said.
Explosion, fireball reported in Nev., Calif.
RENO, Nev. A loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California on Sunday morning rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls to law-enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada, some reporting fireball sightings.
The sound and the light show were likely caused by a meteor that entered Earths atmosphere, astronomers said.
It made the shades in my room shake hard enough to slam into the window a couple times, said Nicole Carlsen of the Reno area. I kept looking for earthquake information, but (there was) nothing. I even checked the front of my house to make sure no one ran into the garage. I wish I had seen the meteor.
Though the fireball was seen over a wide area, experts believe it was likely just a little bigger than a washing machine.
Stalling school buses prompt investigation
DETROIT The federal government is investigating 5,000 school buses from the 2008 model year that could stall without warning.
There have been no accidents or injuries reported. But in at least three cases, high-pressure oil lines that connect the oil pump to the fuel injectors allegedly failed on International CE-brand buses.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a notice about the investigation on its website Sunday.
In one case reported to NHTSA, a bus full of students was going 55 mph when it started smoking and stalled. The driver pulled the bus to the side of the road.
International CE buses are made by Lisle, Ill.-based Navistar Inc. The company says it will cooperate fully with the investigation.
Heavy rain in East; snowfall in some areas
NEW YORK A spring noreaster rumbled along the East Coast on Sunday and was expected to bring rain and heavy winds and even snow in some places as it strengthens early today, a punctuation to a relatively dry stretch of weather for the Northeast.
The storm is atypical for April but not uncommon, said David Stark, a National Weather Service meteorologist in New York City, where 2½ to 3½ inches of rain are expected in the city with wind gusts of 25 mph to 30 mph.
From Philadelphia north through New York City and into southern New England up to 4 inches of rain could fall, with the heaviest downpour expected early today.
Some higher-elevation areas in the western parts of Pennsylvania and New York and in West Virginia and Ohio could even see snow. Forecasts called for 4 to 12 inches.